Friday, April 7, 2017

Briefly (kinda)

It’s Minnesota-Duluth vs. Denver in the Frozen Four. Guess I’m not rooting for anyone…

The Sox are in 1st place. Great Opening Day ceremony with Brady/Gronk – classic. As with last season, this will be a fun team to watch. Here’s to the next 160+ games!

Celts/Cavs. Wow, that hurt. (as did last night’s loss to the Hawks. Man, Atlanta’s uniforms are ugly!) As mentioned, I don’t think they or the Bruins are going far. Still, playoff time is coming!

Trivia #1: Who is the only player to complete the career Grand Slam at the Masters? Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman

Trivia #2: Who is the only Masters Champion to start the final round outside of the top 10? – Arnold Palmer, Art Wall, Seve Ballesteros, Bubba Watson, Mike Weir

Tuesday was Equal Pay Day. Studies show that unless the gap is closed, a typical 20-year-old woman starting full-time work today will make $418,800 less than her male counterpart over a 40-year career. Stop whining and do the dishes.

We may not be fond of our pollinating bug brethren, but bees are buzzing off at alarming rates, and we should be worried. A new study published by scientists at the University of Vermont maps the decline of the bee population and its potential to seriously impact agriculture-heavy regions of the United States. $3 billion of the United states economy depends on growing crops that have been pollinated by bees. If the bee population continues to decline, 139 counties will be at risk, severely impacting U.S. crop production and farmers’ costs. Areas most at risk include California, the Pacific Northwest, the upper Midwest and Great Plains, west Texas, and the Mississippi River valley. The crops that most depend on bee pollination include almonds, blueberries, apples, pumpkins, watermelons, and pears.

David Mellor, Senior Director of Grounds at Fenway Park, has a bachelor of science degree in horticulture and sports turf management. Also, DYK (or DYC – Did You Care), he has had over 40 surgeries resulting from being struck by a car twice, in 1981 and 1995.

So the Bruins are in! Let playoff hockey begin! And speaking of which, Brad Marchand got a two-game suspension. So what?!

McDonald’s offered pizza from 1989 through the early 90’s. You can still get it at two locations – Pomeroy, OH and “somewhere” in West Virginia.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the NFL is “…pumping its players full of highly addictive and deadly substances that are of dubious use for the long-term, chronic pain suffered by so many players…”. His solution? Lift the league prohibition on marijuana. Hmmm.

So Barry Manilow has decided to open up about his sexuality. Said Manilow, “I thought I would be disappointing them (his fans) if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything.” Ah, Barry. I don’t think you were fooling anyone.

Kudos to Tony Romo. Yes, he has a great opportunity with CBS but he controlled his own destiny and was able to go out under his own terms, for the most part. I can’t believe his stats are better than Staubach and Aikman! Well, aside from wins, of course.

Who am I kidding, screw Tony Romo! I’m just glad he’s in and Phil Simms is out. Simms is terrible!

General electric is weighing a sale of its consumer-lighting business, which for decades defined the company following its co-founding 125 years ago by Thomas Edison. Well, that’s kind of like McDonald’s ditching the burger to sell pizza!

I barely mentioned the Red Sox schedule last week. From Aug 25 thru Sept 10 they have 16 straight games against the AL East. The dreaded “west coast trip?” Not so much. They go to Oakland for four in May but the road trip only includes two more in St. Louis. Then they play six straight in July against Seattle and Anaheim. Not bad at all. They play the yankees 10 times in a span of 24 calendar days in July/Aug. Two 10-game homestands are the longest at Fenway and one 11-game road trip. They end the season with 7 straight at home. Typical strange interleague schedule, starting with three with Pittsburgh to start the season. Follow that with two in St. Louis (May), two with Philly at home followed immediately by two in Philly (Jun), and three in Cincy (Sept). The Cubbies come to town at the end of April. That’s enough for now…

I missed on the big news from Crayola last Friday. Out with some color, in with another. I mean really, unless you’re 6 years old, or a kindergarten teacher I guess, do you care?

Professional golfer Lexi Thompson was taking part last Saturday in the ANA Inspiration Championship in Rancho Mirage, CA when she did something that no one noticed – except for a sharp-eyed viewer who emailed the golf association a day later after spotting the infraction. (We will refer to said viewer as @$$hole) The rules violation: Thompson picked up her ball to mark it before a putt, then put it back in the wrong place. Officials on Sunday reviewed the video, then docked Thompson four strokes (two for the ball that was misplaced by an inch, two for signing an incorrect scorecard) and notified her as she was leaving the 12th hole. She was leading the tournament at the time and then was suddenly down two strokes. She did rally, but later lost in a playoff. An LPGA official involved in making the call says she doesn’t think the ball-moving was intentional and that it “made her sick” to have to penalize Thompson. Now back to the @$$wipe. Nothing better do to, pal? Had money on the match? Are you just a dink?? The LPGA missed it and should have let it go.

Trivia Answer #1 – Gene Sarazen

Trivia answer #2 – Art Wall

“Make yourself at home Frank. Hit somebody.” – Don Rickles (R.I.P.)

And R.I.P. Gary Doak (last week). Back in the day, Doakie was a favorite on the Bruins in the Fenlon household.

Good night everybody!

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